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GROUP EXERCISE DESCRIPTIONS

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Absession:  This 20-minute class will focus on developing your core muscles.  It’s a quick class with upbeat music, and focused attention on the abs & back.

Barre: We will use a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements.

Boot Camp: Heart-pumping cardio drills to increase speed, agility and endurance, along with full-body muscle conditioning from calisthenics – “functional movements.” Maybe some obstacle courses for fun and variety- Get ready to sweat!

Boxing: "What I hear I forget, what I see I remember, what I do I understand."  With an increasing need in recent years for men and women to be able to defend themselves and respond to critical situations, this class will provide a hands-on study of the art of boxing. Learn how to offensively mount an attack and defensively keep an aggressor at bay!

Fitness Center Orientation: Meet in the lobby of the Gallagher Athletic center, and take a tour of the facilities – indoor track, racquetball court, aerobics room, gyms, locker room, and fitness center. There will also be a brief introduction to the cardio and strength equipment.

Ghosh Hatha Yoga: A practice for the athlete in all of us – for building strength, flexibility and mental calmness.  Designed to complement weight training it has been referred to as strength training yoga. Ghosh was a noted trainer of many body builders, including Montosh Roy, the first ever Mr. Universe. The practice includes 91 postures and 3 breathing exercises, ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced.  .

HIIT: Get ready to tone and tighten all the major muscle groups with this high-intensity workout. This HIIT class will begin with a full body cardio warm-up. After a light stretch, various equipment and exercises will be used to HIIT every muscle in your body. Instructor offers exercise modifications for every fitness level. Individuals of any age, shape, size, or ability, can achieve maximum benefits. 

Pilates: We will work to balance all muscle groups' strength and flexibility, with an emphasis on challenging the core muscles with each movement. Pilates is a challenging yet safe method to sculpt your body and to feel increased agility in your everyday movements. The use of props such as sliders and Therabands add variety to the exercises and allow for increased resistance and strength.

Restorative Yoga: the student will be restoring, distressing and rejuvenating all the chakras. This class incorporates the use of blankets, blocks and bolsters through a series of long, relaxing poses as well as passive stretching.  It will allow for openness and healing to the body and mind. This type of practice will leave you feeling refreshed and refocused.

SASS: Spin and Strength Session.  A little bit of attitude .. with a lot of results! Each session is 30 minutes of spinning, followed by 15 minutes of strength training and abs. The class is suitable for all levels!

Salsa, bachata, merengue and more: will offer a variety of Latin and African dance styles for participants to learn. Week to week, class will focus on a specific style of dance in the one hour lesson. Styles will include salsa-on-1, Dominican bachata, merengue, kizomba, semba, and Brazilian zouk. Lessons will incorporate partner work and footwork combinations. Suitable for all level dancers, no partner required.

Self Defense Women (RAD): The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women. The R.A.D. System is a comprehensive, women-only program course. Class will focus on awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense.

Spinning: Get your heart pumping with these group-cycling classes where participants can modify the bike’s resistance to meet their own personal workout/training needs. Each class has varied, upbeat music!  The instructor will guide you through diverse routines and keep you motivated. Remember to bring water!

Sunrise Yoga: Begin your day with mental and physical consciousness! We will start each class with guided breath work and meditation, followed by a rejuvenating asana practice to open, stretch and strengthen the body. A range of poses will be explored, with the goal of creating peace of mind and body as you move into your day.

Vinyasa Flow: Wind down your day with a fun and energetic vinyasa (flow) class! We will explore seated, standing, balance and inversion poses, with a strong focus on proper alignment, so that each student can explore their own edge/range of motion and leave the class feeling stretched, strengthened and relaxed. Class will begin with a brief guided meditation and end with relaxation!

Walk & Talk w/Louise:  Walk with Louise McShane, the Coordinator of Community Service Programs.  The benefits of simply walking are amazing! Meet in the lobby of the Gallagher athletic center at 8:15 AM. Weather permitting we will walk outdoors.

Walk with a Ram:  Each week there will be a “guest” Ram leading the walk - announced each Monday! 

Yin Yoga: Is a passive style practice of yoga, involves variations of seated and supine poses, typically held 3 to 5 minutes, suitable for all levels.  The postures target the connective tissue such as the ligaments, bones and even the joints of the body that normally are not exercised very much in a more active style of asana practice.  It mainly works the lower part of the body: hips, pelvis, inner thighs and the lower spine.  Yin Yoga is going to give you that relaxing deep stretch your body has been craving for.

Zumba® is an exhilarating, easy-to-follow, international dance inspired, calorie-burning fitness-party. A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.